Most people know the importance of getting regular dental checkups, yet many people still neglect their dental health. You may resist a checkup due to dental phobia, lack of time, concern about being lectured for poor oral hygiene or any number of reasons. When you avoid regular checkups, you may find yourself at the dentist only when dental emergencies come up. Because the treatments for dental emergencies can be painful, this may exacerbate issues like dental phobia or make you feel even more self-conscious about your oral hygiene. The best way to avoid these painful and embarrassing dental emergencies, however, is to take control of your oral health and see your dentist for regular checkups.
Most dentists recommend you receive a dental check up every six months. In some cases, however, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups; for instance, if you suffer from advanced diabetes. Consult with your dentist to determine exactly how often you should visit.
Some of the advantages of regular dental checkups are:
- Regular professional cleanings keep your teeth and gums in the best condition possible.
- Preventing infection and spotting problems early can reduce the need for cost intervention in the future.
- Your dentist can check for any signs of oral cancer; early detection can save your life.
- Your dentist can check your brushing and flossing techniques and assure you are doing everything properly.
- You can ask your dentist any questions you may have about maintaining oral health and dealing with dental emergencies.
- If any changes in your oral health are noticed, your dentist can help you formulate an effective oral hygiene strategy to prevent additional problems.
- Proper professional cleanings help reduce the occurrence of bad breath.
It is easy to let your oral health problems get out of control. Many conditions, such as tooth decay, do not become painful until significant damage has been done. Don't put your teeth and your health at risk. Visit your dentist regularly; doing so may allow you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.